LITTLEBIGPLANET — GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION TO HIT SHELVES IN SEPTEMBER

Sony Computer Entertainment Turns Players Into Developers With Exclusive Bonus Levels Created By LBP Fans From Around The Globe

August 17, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment officially announced the upcoming U.S. release of the LittleBigPlanet – Game of the Year edition.  Shipping to stores on September 8th, the new Game of the Year edition features LittleBigPlanet’s award-winning “Play, Create, Share” gameplay experience plus a number of new bonus additions.

Since its launch last October, LittleBigPlanet has been the most critically acclaimed title in years with more than 80 industry awards worldwide, 15 of which have been for Game of the Year categories, ranging with awards from the top gaming critics to prestigious organizations such as Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and The British Academy of Film and Television Arts.  This special edition will celebrate these achievements while bringing fans fresh, never-before-seen bonus levels by the LittleBigPlanet fans.  The LittleBigPlanet – Game of the Year edition will also include seven free downloadable Content Packs.  And, limited quantities of the game will include exclusive access to the upcoming ModNation Racers Online Beta.  With bonus content valued at over $30, the LittleBigPlanet – Game of the Year edition has a suggested retail price of $59.99.

“LittleBigPlanet has become a principal franchise for the PlayStation brand and Game of the Year edition is a celebration of the overwhelming support we have received for the ‘Play, Create, and Share’ movement since the launch of this title last October,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA.  “The inclusion of these original levels and bonus content will give new players significant added value and a taste of the Share experience from the best creators all around the globe.

LittleBigPlanet – Game of the Year Bonus Content to Include:

•       18 Exclusive Levels Created by LittleBigPlanet Fans from Around the Globe –
Each creator was hand picked by Media Molecule based on previous levels that these enthusiasts have created and shared online.  After being identified, all 18 consumers were commissioned to design a completely new environment for the LittleBigPlanet world, allowing each fan to become an amateur video game developer.

•       7 Costume & Level Packs – Each Content Pack provides a mix of goodies to expand Sackboy’s wardrobe, deliver new action packed gameplay, and a larger variety of “Create” materials. Packs include:
o       Metal Gear Solid Level Pack – featuring the “Paintinator” ($5.99*)
o       Metal Gear Solid Costumes ($5.99*)
o       Monsters Costumes ($2.99*)
o       Monsters Pack ($3.99*)
o       History Costumes ($2.99*)
o       History Pack ($3.99*)
o       Animals Costumes ($2.99*)

*as priced on the PlayStation Network Store

•       Access to the Upcoming ModNation Racers Online Beta – Get a sneak peek at PlayStation’s newest “Play, Create, Share” experience – ModNation Racers.  Limited quantities of the LittleBigPlanet – Game of the Year edition will include a PlayStation Network Voucher Code to download the upcoming Online Beta.

In celebration of this news, the LittleBigPlanet team has created a video illustrating the offerings of the Game of the Year package.  You can check it out on the PlayStation blog at http://blog.us.playstation.com/.

About LittleBigPlanet:
With “Play, Create and Share,” LittleBigPlanet has established the Creative Gaming genre and the game continues to grow and evolve, helped by the support of countless fans around the globe.  Developed by Media Molecule, the customizable nature of the unique PlayStation title allows players to alter characters and build entirely new objects and levels; then share and play them online as part of the LittleBigPlanet community.  In fact, the sharing nature of the game has become so embraced, it has attracted fans to publish more than one million levels to the PlayStation Network since the award-winning game launched last October.  Put another way, one new level has been published roughly every 21 seconds since LittleBigPlanet hit shelves!

About ModNation Racers
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Race it, Mod it, and Share it!  Slated for release in 2010, PlayStation’s newest “Play, Create, Share” experience – ModNation Racers – is a thoroughly fresh take on classic kart racing that empowers the player to personalize their entire game.  Exclusively for the PS3, ModNation Racers allows players to express themselves by creating their own urban vinyl character, style their own racing kart, and even build and decorate a track from scratch in just minutes.  Players can then share their creations and remix others with the rest of the PlayStation community via the free PlayStation Network service.

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